In the ‘Air Conditioning League’, which was completed after the 2022-2023 V-League, ‘Clutch Park’ Park Jung-ah (30), who was one of the ‘Big 3’ free agent (FA) players, was given to Pepper Savings Bank and received Lee Go-eun (28) as a reward player. The road construction made an amazing trade. Give Lee Go-eun back to Pepper Savings Bank and receive middle blocker Ga-eun Choi (22) and the right to be nominated for the first round of the upcoming 2023-2024 rookie draft.

According to the volleyball world on the 2nd, it is known that the Korea Expressway Corporation and Pepper Savings Bank have agreed on a trade in which Lee Go-eun ↔ Choi Ga-eun, giving and receiving the right to nominate 크크크벳 for the first round of the rookie draft. Lee Go-eun, who obtained FA qualification from the Korea Expressway Corporation last year and transferred to Pepper Savings Bank and played as the main setter for the 2022-2023 season, wore the Korea Expressway Corporation uniform again as a compensation player for Park Jung-ah on the 26th of last month, and then moved to Pepper Savings Bank again.

Pepper Savings Bank recruited Park Jung-ah, who has the best offensive power among outside heaters, with 775 million won, the highest compensation limit, for the big picture of leaving last place and advancing to spring volleyball in the upcoming 2023-2024 season. However, after grouping protected players into promising players, the main setter, Lee Go-eun, was handed over to the Korea Expressway Corporation.

Pepper Savings Bank intended to have Park, who was selected as the first overall pick in the 2021-2022 draft, as the starting setter for the next season, but the evaluation that Park has shown over the past two seasons is still insufficient as a starting setter to lead a team. the majority Pepper Savings Bank fans and volleyball players reacted to Pepper Savings Bank’s choice of not tying Lee Go-eun to the protection player, saying, “Do you bring Park Jung-ah to reinforce the offense and throw away the player who will put the ball on him?”

Pepper Savings Bank, in a hurry, made a trade to bring Lee Go-eun back. Choi Ga-eun is a player who joined Pepper Savings Bank as a specially designated player when Pepper Savings Bank was founded after wearing the IBK Industrial Bank uniform as the 5th overall pick in the 2019-2020 rookie draft. As a middle blocker with a height of 180 cm, she plans to compete with the existing middle blockers of the Expressway Corporation for a partner of Bae You-na, who was vacated due to Jung Dae-young’s FA transfer.

However, Lee Go-eun’s real partner in the trade may not be Choi Ga-eun, but the 1st round nomination for the upcoming Pepper Savings Bank rookie draft. Pepper Savings Bank, which placed last last season, will put 35 marbles, the most out of a total of 100, into the lottery machine in the upcoming draft. It is the most advantageous situation to acquire the overall 1st pick. 

In the upcoming rookie draft, Kim Se-bin (Han Bom-go), who is attracting attention as a large middle blocker who will lead women’s volleyball in the future, will appear. Kim Se-bin, who is famous as the daughter of Kim Chul-soo, head of Korea Electric Power Corporation, and Kim Nam-soon, who played an active role as an ace of Hanil Synthetic Fiber in the past, played a leading role in helping Hanbom High School win five high school crowns with her good height of 188 cm. Even in the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games, Kim Se-bin is the only high school student to be on the reserve list of 50, and her potential is recognized.

For Pepper Savings Bank, she failed to properly calculate her protected player after recruiting Park Jung-ah, and she even missed the favorable nomination for Kim Se-bin. The 2022-2023 rookie draft, who was one of the protected players, and Yeom Erheng, who was the first overall pick, must show his potential in the upcoming season to make up for the regret of missing Kim Se-bin.

Will Pepper Savings Bank’s bead come out first in the upcoming rookie draft? It is noteworthy whether the Korea Expressway Corporation will have a large middle blocker who will be responsible for the center for the next 10 years or more through the compensation player created by Park Jung-ah’s FA transfer and the subsequent trade.

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